Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
July 23, 2021updated 26 Jul 2021 10:53am

UAS AI technology company Shield AI acquires software firm Heron Systems

The transaction is expected to enhance Shield AI's AI engineering capabilities.

US defence technology contractor Shield AI has acquired software company Heron Systems for an undisclosed purchase price.

The deal is expected to enhance Shield AI’s artificial intelligence (AI) engineering capabilities.

According to the companies, the transaction will accelerate the use of AI pilots on military jets.

Heron Systems general manager Brett Darcey said: “Shield AI enables us the opportunity and scale to accelerate the integration of our AI-pilot on a next-generation fighter and UAS (uncrewed aerial system).

“What stood out about Shield AI for us is that they’re really the only ones who have an operational AI pilot that can operate on the edge without GPS or comms, and this has been proven on combat operations.”

Content from our partners
Stopping power
Army Technology Excellence Awards 2021 - Winners Announced!
ASCOD is the platform for the future, says GDELS VP Lineros

Heron Systems will now function as Shield AI’s fully owned division.

Shield AI cofounder and former Navy SEAL Brandon Tseng said: “Whoever has the best AI-pilots will have a decisive and overwhelming advantage on the battlefield – inferior AI-pilots will be quickly destroyed, militaries without AI-pilots won’t stand a chance.

“The combined Shield AI and Heron team is excited and humbled to contribute to the warfighter, national security, and global stability by operationalising AI-pilots onboard 6th generation fighters and Group 5 UAS.”

Heron’s proprietary learning framework has enabled its AI software in achieving effective performance across various scenarios, including the DARPA AlphaDogfight trials.

AlphaDogfight trials are designed to showcase advanced algorithms capable of performing simulated, within-visual-range air combat manoeuvring, usually known as a dogfight.

During the AlphaDogfight trials, Heron Systems’ F-16 AI agent defeated seven other companies’ F-16 AI agents.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Friday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU